The challenge was to use a traditional block in a non-traditional way (or some such requirement). I chose the Palm block, which had to be paper-pieced. It almost did me in but I managed to finish it. Here is the small quilt, which still makes me smile: in those days, I had a sense of whimsy that seems to have deserted me. I called it Palm Tree but I could also have called it Palm Beach.
It seemed to me as I walked the Market floor, that every other booth sold patterns for traditional blocks -- both regular patterns and paper-piecing ones. I didn't give them a glance -- until I came to Carolyn Friedlander's booth. It stopped me cold. If I were a paper-piecer who didn't want to do the same old/same old traditional blocks, I would be in heaven. Carolyn is an art quilter who loves to paper piece, so she has come up with these contemporary, spare, orginal patterns. This is just a small sample.
This was Carolyn's first market and her website is under construction but if you know anybody who is a non-trad paper-piecer, send them the link and she'll let them know when her site is up.
Now I have to go mail one of my quilts to Art Quilt Tahoe for their 2012 teacher exhibit. I'll be teaching a four day Jump-staring the Art Quilt there in November 2012. Classes fill quickly, so don't wait too long! If you go to their blog and sign up for updates, you'll get a chance to sign up early. Their new venue is more affordable and don't forget, scholarships are available!
I'll have some other teaching news posted soon and will post my schedule for 2012 and beyond as I have the dates.